Please excuse my shameless promotion of my wife’s new blog, “Karla’s Corner.” For years, people have pleaded with Karla to write down her endless stories drawn from our 30 years of parenting adventures (and gaffes) and her 30+ years in pediatrics. No where else can you learn about how to coach preschool moms through head lice, why to not buy ferrets, the travails of private schools, and every creative idea known to man or woman about creative birthday parties.
Having been a parent now for over 22 years, I have found that nothing can quite compare with the chaos and uncertainly that comes with school applications for your child. Seeing as I am the mother of a freshman and senior in college, you might jump to the conclusion that I am referring to the college application process, but such a conclusion just reveals that you are not familiar with life in the Atlanta suburbs. Here, the horrible application process often begins as soon as your precious little one takes his or her first steps!
When I was a bright-eyed young newly-wed, recently arrived in Atlanta, one of my Junior League sponsors broke the grave reality of suburban school applications to me. Though my husband and I had not even conceived our first-born (and would not do so for almost seven more years!), this well-meaning woman asked me,“Have you already “pre-registered” your future children at one of the premier Atlanta preschools?”
When I replied with a naive, “No,” her reaction was similar to what might have happened had I told her that I enjoyed stir frying puppies and kittens for an afternoon snack. A dramatic gasp—one well-manicured hand clutching her throat in horror—a brief loss of balance that required her to sit down abruptly.
(Note from Howard … Karla does not exaggerate. Even as a young couple, we were incredulous that this person believed that we had already failed our kids and that they were doomed. Never ever doubt mob mentality when it comes to raising kids, or the near craziness it can inject into one’s seemingly well-ordered life.)
PLEASE CONTINUE READING AT KARLA’S CORNER.)